The Volkswagen Routan has quietly been out of production since July, but with a new three-row crossover on the way and a recent back-and-forth spat between Volkswagen executives and Sergio Marchionne of Fiat, it's probable that the 2012 model year could be the last for this minivan. The current agreement for Chrysler to build the Routan in Windsor, Ontario lasts through 2014, but Automotive News is reporting that VW might be looking to renegotiate the deal early next year.

Aside from any of the political issues going on between the two automakers, the truth of the matter is that the Routan just isn't selling well. So far this year, VW has sold just 9,923 units of the badge-engineered minivan, down 17 percent from last year. Almost all of the other entrants in the segment have enjoyed double-digit sales increases this year including the Chrysler trio of vans (Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country and Ram C/V), Honda Odyssey and Nissan Quest. Overall, the Grand Caravan remains the top-selling minivan through November with 127,308 units sold, and Chrysler as a whole continues to dominate the segment it created with total minivan sales of 236,195 across its Dodge, Chrysler and Ram brands.

To make matters even worse for the Routan, the minivan market is about to add another (admittedly left-field) competitor into the mix when Ford returns to the segment with the long-wheelbase 2014 Transit Connect.


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      Alex Rodriguez MacFa
      • 2 Years Ago
      If only VW had built the 2001 Microbus concept, things could have been different!!
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Was such a bad idea for VW, they should have brought over the nice Mini-Vans from Europe instead.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Cool people
      • 2 Years Ago
      Story is wrong. Routan in production in Ontario plant. Great van !
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think most VW buyers would want a 7seat Toureg over this.
        Carlos Cruz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard
        Funny thing is that they already make a 7 seater version of the Tuareg, its the Audi Q7. All they'd have to do is put a VW badge on it.
      ga7smi
      • 2 Years Ago
      desighned by NAZIs and built by Mexicans - great company
      Mason
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always found it weird that THE high-and-mighty VW would put their name on a Chrysler (which wasn't doing so well when they made this deal). They should have designed their own from the start.
      hduplease
      • 2 Years Ago
      with what i lost on a brand new jetta tdi, i hope they discontinue all of these problem childs, beautiful engine, but electrical problems from day one three breakdowns in four months on a 2012 was all i could take, just a warning to all
      THE 507
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yet ANOTHER Transit Connect reference? What is this, a division of FORD'S website? ; - )
      Neil
      • 2 Years Ago
      what they didnt mention is that those sales are double that of the eurovan last seen in 2003....
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      fail from the start. Was never going to beat the seinna and oddessy
      chambo622
      • 2 Years Ago
      This was always the best-looking of the bunch, but it lacked key features like Stow n Gow seats. Too much compromise.
        Ray
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chambo622
        I completely agree. We're looking at the T&C so I cross-shopped it with the Routan, hoping for deep discounts on the latter. Then I realized the latter lacks Stow 'n Go. That single omission is sufficient to drop the Routan from our list. This weekend we're test driving a Quest, which I think looks bad-ass in black (as far as minivans go). Even though I've never driven one, I dig the looks of the Renault Trafic/Opel Vivaro.
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